Board of Directors
Ruth Marlow - Chair

Ruth Marlow was born and brought up in Sheffield before going to the University of Birmingham where she studied biological sciences and geography. After completing her degree Ruth moved to Nottingham and joined Nottingham City Council where she worked in the council’s Housing Department. In 1985 Ruth qualified as a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Ruth continued her career in Housing over the next twelve years, before becoming the Chief Executive of North Kesteven District Council in Lincolnshire and then Managing Director of Mansfield District Council. In these roles Ruth focused on organisational development and service improvement as well as staff training and development. She qualified as an Executive Coach and Leadership Mentor in 2010.

In 2014 Ruth became a trustee of TNT – Transforming Notts Together – a member of the CUF Together Network. Here her keen interest in housing and homelessness issues were put to good use in helping to establish and develop TNT’s cold weather night shelter project in Mansfield.

Jon Miles

Jon is Development Manager for Church Urban Fund, working on most things to do with setting up, running and developing Together partnerships across the country, including help with governance, planning, recruitment of workers, supporting workers and trustees, network meetings and gatherings. He has a background in regeneration and community development work, and experience working in the private, public and charity sectors, as well as involvement in a range of church-based initiatives.

Morris Rodham

The Venerable Morris Rodham is the Archdeacon Missioner for the Diocese of Coventry (which covers most of Coventry and Warwickshire).  Born and bred in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and spending much of his youth on various estates in Newcastle, he is passionate about the transformation of local communities.  As vicar of St Mary’s Church in an Urban Priority Area of Leamington for 13 years (and whilst playing hockey for a Sikh hockey team) he initiated a multi-cultural community project on a multi-cultural estate, raising over £1.2 million for a new purpose-built centre catering for multi-ethnic and multi-faith groups.  He became 'Leamington Citizen of the Year' for this work and for providing practical assistance to people affected by severe flooding.  He also initiated mentoring projects (nationally accredited) to help people affected by substance and alcohol misuse, established a debt advice centre based in the church, and also developed work with the homeless, including securing private funding of £200,000 in a unique project to assist the homeless find housing in partnership working with local landlords.  He has raised well over £2 million in various fundraising initiatives for charities.  He was one of the New Wine Network forum hosts supporting people working in Inner City and Estates (2007-2013).  As Archdeacon Missioner, Morris helps develop strategy across 240 churches in the Diocese, including encouraging all churches to engage with the most disadvantaged in their communities.  

Arthur Woo

Arthur is the vicar of Christ Church in Coventry and is passionate about discipleship and mission. Christ Church is active in the community offering stay and play, gatherings for seniors, Slimming World and much more. The church has recently launched a lunch club aimed at lonely and isolated seniors in the Cheylesmore area working in collaboration with Murray Lodge. Arthur was previously was a electronics and systems engineer in the semiconductor industry, and enjoys camping and squash.

David Brown

David Brown has been vicar of St Michael’s Budbrooke (an isolated semi-rural parish) since appointment in 2008.  The church has grown since then – roughly doubling regular congregation ASA during the incumbency as well as pioneering a network of Fresh Expressions (Missional Communities) which have been lay led, grown, seeing unchurched people find faith in Christ and had community impact.

He has developed partnerships with local community and statutory bodies to build and operate the £1.4M Chase Meadow Community Centre, a flagship project that is financially self-sustainable.  He has taken a strategic role as a trustee of the King Henry Viii charity in terms of change management, whilst improving some complex working relationships between Diocese, trust and church.  A wider background in social action includes a hands-on management role in a social enterprise bases in Jimmy’s Nightshelter (Cambridge).

Ministry wise, St Mike’s has a growing discipleship culture that has seen church members grow in their faith and gifting and the parish is regularly sending members into full-time vocations including ordained ministry, youth ministry and community / evangelistic ministry (around 1 person / family per year.)

He leads a growing staff team, including pastoral and administrative staff, becoming a training parish, and partnering with external Christian agencies to develop a vibrant internship programme and mentoring other local clergy. Other projects include a £200k re-ordering of St Michael’s and the wider church campus for which faculties have just been received, with a view to work starting early in 2017.

Joyce Woodings

Joyce is a churchwarden at St Andrew’s Church in Rugby. She leads a pastoral group at the church and is the Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Joyce is a committed Christian who believes in faith in action and tries to live her Christian journey based on the concept of seeing the face of Christ in all those she meets along the way.

She is a Director of 2 local charities in Rugby—Hope 4 who provide services for those who are homeless and include Rugby Foodbank, a day centre and Rugby Winter Shelter and the Benn Partnership Centre, a multi-cultural community centre  providing a number of services including a work club, ESOL, educational courses and activities to combat social isolation.

Joyce worked for many years as a social worker for Warwickshire County Council.

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